Shooting the first film in space, the Russian crew returns to Earth after 12 days

After 12 days, the shooting of the first film in space ended. New record for Russia, which with the production of the film thus becomes the first country to embark on this experience. Actress Yulia Peresild, director Klim Šipenko and cosmonaut Oleg Novitski have returned to Earth, after leaving for the International Space Station on October 5, aboard the Soyouz MS-18 spacecraft.

Return to Kazakhstan

The three had taken off from the Russian cosmodrome of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, where they returned at around 4:36 am on Sunday 17 October, according to the scheduled time. The images of the landing were broadcast live by the Russian space agency Roscosmos.


The film is tentatively titled The Challenge and tells the story of a surgeon who leaves the Earth to save the life of a cosmonaut. Actress Yulia Peresild, 37, thus becomes the first actress to shoot a film in orbit, coming before Tom Cruise, who in 2020 announced that he was planning a similar project together with NASA. Peresild and Šipenko began shooting training last spring. The director in these days in space has also worked as an operator, make-up artist and set designer. In the film, the two Russian astronauts who are now on the ISS will appear as extras. The production sees the participation of Roscosmos and Channel One, the Russian state television.